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Best 2014 Novels To Get Your Book Club Talking

  • FICTION

    BARRACUDA

    SEPT. 9, 2014

FICTION

BARRACUDA

by Christos Tsiolkas

A tough, unsparing, closely observed and decidedly R-rated look at the many challenges and disappointments that life brings,... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    MONDAY, MONDAY

    MAY 13, 2014

FICTION

MONDAY, MONDAY

by Elizabeth Crook

Shelly reflects that “[s]he had never come anywhere near perfection, but had come close to a rightness with herself, through... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    ALL I LOVE AND KNOW

    JULY 15, 2014

FICTION

ALL I LOVE AND KNOW

by Judith Frank

Strong storytelling driven by emotionally complex characters: first-rate commercial fiction. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE BLAZING WORLD

    MARCH 11, 2014

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE BLAZING WORLD

by Siri Hustvedt

Blazing indeed: not just with Harry’s fury, but with agonizing compassion for all of wounded humanity. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    STATION ELEVEN

    SEPT. 9, 2014

FICTION

STATION ELEVEN

by Emily St. John Mandel

Mandel’s solid writing and magnetic narrative make for a strong combination in what should be a breakout novel. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    ALL OUR NAMES

    MARCH 4, 2014

FICTION

ALL OUR NAMES

by Dinaw Mengestu

Weighted with sorrow and gravitas, another superb story by Mengestu, who is among the best novelists now at work in America. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    BIG LITTLE LIES

    JULY 29, 2014

FICTION

BIG LITTLE LIES

by Liane Moriarty

Deservedly popular Moriarty invigorates the tired social-issue formula of women’s fiction through wit, good humor, sharp... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    BOY, SNOW, BIRD

    MARCH 6, 2014

FICTION

BOY, SNOW, BIRD

by Helen Oyeyemi

Dense with fully realized characters, startling images, original observations and revelatory truths, this masterpiece... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    LILA

    OCT. 7, 2014

FICTION

LILA

by Marilynne Robinson

Fans of Robinson will wish the book were longer—and will surely look forward to the next. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE REMEDY FOR LOVE

    OCT. 14, 2014

ROMANCE

THE REMEDY FOR LOVE

by Bill Roorbach

Lyrical, reserved and sometimes unsettling—and those are the happier moments. Another expertly delivered portrait of the... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    DOMINION

    JAN. 28, 2014

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

DOMINION

by C.J. Sansom

A rich and densely plotted story that will make Winston Churchill buffs admire the man even more. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    FAMILY LIFE

    APRIL 7, 2014

FICTION

FAMILY LIFE

by Akhil Sharma

A moving story of displacement and of the inevitable adjustments one must make when life circumstances change. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    ALL MY PUNY SORROWS

    NOV. 6, 2014

FICTION

ALL MY PUNY SORROWS

by Miriam Toews

“Sadness is what holds our bones in place,” Yoli thinks. Toews deepens our understanding of the pain found in Coleridge's... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE FEVER

    JUNE 17, 2014

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE FEVER

by Megan Abbott

Nothing should be taken at face value in this jealousy- and hormone-soaked world except that Abbott is certainly our very... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE PAYING GUESTS

    SEPT. 16, 2014

FICTION

THE PAYING GUESTS

by Sarah Waters

Waters keeps getting better, if that’s even possible after the sheer perfection of her earlier novels. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    EYRIE

    JUNE 10, 2014

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

EYRIE

by Tim Winton

Another exquisite portrait of troubled modern life from Winton, who solidifies his reputation as one of the best writers at... Full review >

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